SANDY, Utah — A Sandy woman is in the hospital after she was accidentally shot by her niece on Monday around 7 p.m.
Sgt. Jon Arnold, Sandy City Police Department, said the 38-year-old woman was doing work on a computer while on her bed. The woman’s 15-year-old niece was cleaning the bedroom. The niece opened a drawer while cleaning and found a loaded handgun. When the girl pulled the weapon out of the drawer it went off by accident, and the woman was hit in the thigh.
The victim was taken by ambulance to Intermountain Medical Center to be treated for a non-life-threatening bullet wound. The incident occurred near 10100 South and 2100 East in Sandy.
Arnold said their investigation indicates the incident was nothing more than an accident involving a gun that had not been stored securely. The names of the niece and the victim have not been released.